Ten days have passed since the 100 days mark, it is time for another 2010 season countdown post. Here is a summary where F1 stands with 90 days to go.
The final 2010 Formula 1 calendar has been published – see here. The only yet to be finalized race is the inaugural Korean GP that is still subject to the circuit homologation. The season opener will move from Melbourne to Bahrain, the finale will remain at Abu Dhabi after the late reshuffle of 2010 season ending races.
The F1 commission proposed new point scoring system has been approved by WMSC. From 2010 on there will points awarded to top 10 instead of top 8 drivers. The point haul for the race winner will be 25 points with the other top 10 finishers rewarded with 20-15-10-8-6-5-3-2-1 points.
The FIA has also asked the Formula 1 Sporting Working Group to bring forward proposals for making F1 more entertaining in time to be implemented for the 2010 season. That means that further rules changes are still possible although at this stage they would require agreement from all 13 teams.
The teams have agreed on staging joint car launch in Valencia at the end of January. Can’t really see how they are planning to make that work …
Martin Whitmarsh has been voted in as a new FOTA chairman and will take over the role from Luca di Montezemolo.
No drivers have been confirmed during last 10 days. However Lucas di Grassi has apparently sealed an F1 seat for next season. He is expected to race for Virgin Racing (Manor) alongside Timo Glock. The team is set to announce their plans (and perhaps the second driver as well) on December 15th.
Lotus F1 team finalized their drivers selection. The announcement will be made on Monday, 14th December 2009 at 12pm Malaysian time (GMT +8). Jarno Trulli is expected to be named as one of the drivers while Heikki Kovalainen and Takuma Sato have been mentioned as the candidates for the second seat.
The other team filling the pages in last few days is Mercedes GP (the name change from Brawn GP to Mercedes have been approved by FIA already). The rumours linking 7 times F1 champion Michael Schumacher with a race drive alongside Nico Rosberg keep growing stronger with several news outlets presenting it as a done deal. These rumours obviously will not die until Mercedes confirms their second driver.
Meanwhile another former champion Kimi Raikkonen has finalized his move to WRC with Citroen junior team.
The imminent announcement of Prodrive takeover of Renault talked about 10 days ago hasn’t happened. According to the news and reports that have emerged there are as many as 4 parties interested in buying out or buying into Renault F1 team. Gerard Lopez has openly admitted his interest, the other name mentioned was Anthony Hamilton, father of Lewis Hamilton.
The season countdown will be back again in 10 days.